PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - On Saturday, October 12 the City of Prichard will host its first annual Crossroads Classic. The new college football game will be played by the Arkansas Baptist College Buffaloes and the Concordia College Hornets at Prichard Memorial Stadium.
Prichard Memorial Stadium is all set and ready for the big game Saturday and residents are excited a college football game is coming to their city.
"I really think it's great. Prichard needs events like that to help boost our economy and our participation with the residents. I think it's great," said Kenny Edwards.
"College game coming to Prichard is a pretty big game," said Corey Pendler.
Sergeant 1st Class Daniel Henderson Jr., said this game is not just about a rivalry, it's about who is involved.
"We have students that attend Concordia and Arkansas that are in the National Guard. So we’re already part of both schools and also in the community," said Henderson.
With two college football teams coming to the city, everything must be in order for Saturday. Several last minute preparations were taking place Friday morning at Prichard Memorial Stadium including asphalting the sidewalks.
Prichard City Councilman George E. McCall Jr. is a volunteer representative for the Crossroads Classic.
"We been working together trying to make this come to a reality. And today we can stand here today and say it's at a reality and tomorrow will prove that the city of Prichard can host a college game," said McCall.
Both teams are just as excited about the fans and supporters throughout the town which means head coach Don Lee of Concordia and Head Coach Richard Wilson or Arkansas Baptist agree on one thing:
"It's a great opportunity for us," said Lee.
"It's a great opportunity for us," said Wilson.
That opportunity: playing in the first annual Crossroads Classic.
"I mean anybody who's competitive likes a competitive situation. I think we have to come in with somewhat of a chip on our shoulder because they have a home field advantage. But that's just part of it. They came up with the idea for the Classic and we're just happy to be a part of it," said Wilson.
That home team: the Concordia Hornets.
"Coming from Selma Alabama, probably 30 percent of my team is from this area. It gives us an opportunity for family and friends to come and see them play," said Lee.
Earlier this season, while heading to an away game, the team bus caught fire, destroying everything on board.
"We had 64 players on the bus that caught on fire and we had all of our equipment up underneath the bus. So we basically lost everything equipment wise but we gained a team. That's the positive thing. They've used this. Whatever comes our way, just be ready for it," said Lee.
Since the fire, support from fans has been immense. Nike, Adidas, and even the Green Bay Packers have shown support for the team.
Regardless of who wins, both teams are proud to be playing in the classic.
"We hope it does something for the community and get behind what Mr. McCall and them here are doing," said Wilson.
The teams are set to kickoff Saturday at 2 p.m. Before the game, there will be a Mardi Gras-style parade through the streets of Prichard. It starts at 9 a.m. at Vigor High School and ends at the shopping plaza at Bessemer and St. Stephens Road.
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